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Boosting the Governing IQ of the CEO-Aspirants on Your Executive Team

November 4, 2021 0 Comments

In the video interview that’s featured in the October 26 post at this blog, “WeGo Public Transit’s Steve Bland:  a Consummate Board-Savvy CEO in Action,” Steve makes a strong point of his passionate commitment to mentoring members of his executive team who aspire to take the helm of a transit authority at some point in their career.  A major objective of what I call “Steve Bland U,” according to Steve, is getting his CEO-aspirants ready to build a truly rock-solid partnership with their board.  Since building and maintaining a really close, positive, and productive board-CEO working relationship is, in my … Read the rest

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Access Services’ Andre Colaiace:  Transformational Change Leader Extraordinaire

November 6, 2020 0 Comments

Andre Colaiace, Executive Director of Access Services in Los Angeles County, CA, and a member of this blog’s CEO Advisory Committee, is a prime example of a new breed of public/nonprofit chief executive officers I’m encountering with increasing frequency around the country:  the Transformational Change Leader.  In a nutshell, the Transformational Change Leader spearheads one or more significant innovation initiatives that transform the organization she or he leads, making a substantial, lasting difference, in terms of organizational impact and, often, culture.  In Andre’s case,  his chosen innovation initiative was the transformation of Access Services’ governance function, primarily by updating the … Read the rest

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Peers Presenting to Peers: a Powerful Change Tool

June 23, 2017 1 Comment

It definitely wasn’t your traditional reporting-back session on June 6 in Cleveland. Board President George Dixon and Trustees Valarie McCall and Georgine Welo of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority were seated at a table facing other GCRTA Trustees, CEO Joseph Calabrese, and his top executives.  A couple of months earlier, GCRTA Trustees had spent a day in a retreat setting, familiarizing themselves with developments in the rapidly changing field of public transit governance, identifying governance issues, and exploring possible steps to strengthen the Board’s governing capacity.  The facilitator of the earlier retreat had prepared a follow-up action report, which … Read the rest

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